Organisers of Afro-Hollywood Award, Africa’s best Cultural, Films, Arts and Music excellence Award have announced shortlisted nominees for this year’s Award which is holding on November 6, this year.
A preliminary announcement of the nominees will take place in Osogbo, Osun State, during a special Dinner organised to hold in the ancient city, the capital of Osun State on Sunday October 9, this year.
The awards ceremony proper will be holding on Sunday 6 November at its historic venue, Stratford Town Hall, 29 Broadway, Stratford, London.
An announcement by Chief Executive and Managing Director of African Voice Newspapers, the Organisers of Afro-Hollywood awards, Prince Mike Abiola said the October organized dinner announcement in Osogbo is essential for the cultural setting of the Award, Osogbo, being a cultural city and a cradle of African Cultural and Arts Centre, stressing the importance of kick-starting this year’s event in a cultural and film oriented environment.
Mr Abiola said the winners in each awards category, who will be attending the prestigious annual awards in London, will be announced at a special ceremony on a later date.
Among the shortlist of nominees for the 2011 African Film Awards (a.k.a Afro Hollywood Awards) is Sam Loco-Efe, the departed Nollywood actor and multi talented artist, who died few just more thana month ago. He would be given a posthumous Award. Efe willbe buried in Nigeria on October 21, this year.
A breakdown of this year’s Award is as follows:
The African Actor of the Year will be contested by one of South Africa’s leading actors, Presley Chweneyagae (famed for his lead role in Tsotsi), who will slug it out with Saheed Balogun of Nigeria and Majid Michael of Ghana.
This year’s other category awards will be keenly contested by nominees and will feature heavyweight film and music stars among them Tonto Dike, Halima Abubakar, Toyin Aimaku, Jamila Umar Nagudu, Funke Adesiyan, Lekan Oladiipo and Peter Edochie.
All the actors are contesting in various other categories.
Afro Nollywood Award has powered Nigeria’s film industry into prominence and the Award still serves as a power-point for many intending actors, while making many on the scene to work harder for prominence. The award has opened several opportunities for past recipients given more honour international in their chosen career.
The theme of this year’s Afro Hollywood Awards according to the organisers is “Tourism in Africa & the film industry”.
Commenting on the theme of the Award this year, Prince Mike Abiola, publisher of African Voice Newspaper UK and Chief Executive of Afro-Hollywood, said: “Our aim is to create a synergy between filmmakers and government tourism boards; to ensure films are used to promote investment in tourism.